One reason I read Unqualified Offerings is that there's always an interesting link to something I don't find elsewhere. Here Jim points to this Gene Healy piece that asks if al Qaeda is as big a threat as we think:
Since 9/11, weve had Bali and Kenya. Domestically, nothing beyond the El-Al counter shootout (unless you count the anthrax mailings, which, to the best of our knowledge, were domestic). This suggests two possibilities:
1. AQs planning something huge, something that rivals 9/11;
2. AQ has tapped its well.
If the American Jihad/mullahs under the bed/the-country-is-riddled-with-sleeper-cells theory is correct, then why so quiet? If Al Qaeda wants to trash the U.S. economy, why didnt we hear from them the weekend after Thanksgivingthe busiest shopping weekend of the year?
[It's] worth considering that perhaps weve weathered the worst. And if so, its also worth considering whether the measures weve adopted domesticallyUSA Patriot, a parallel court system for citizens accused of terrorism, Total Information Awarenessare not only unconstitutional, but vastly disproportionate to any threat currently presented by the enemy.